Nottinghamshire pub prepares for outdoor reopening with new beer garden
Nottinghamshire pub, the Forest Tavern in Annesley Woodhouse, has transformed its beer garden ahead of reopening next week.
The work at the pub on Skegby Road has seen the unused space of this well-known and much-loved local pub reinvigorated into an outdoor haven for guests to enjoy once pubs reopen.
The pub is owned by Hawthorn, the community pub company, and run by co-partners Jemma and Riki.
The garden’s refurbishment was jointly funded by Hawthorn and themselves, who utilised the Pub Partner Investment Fund, which provided over half a million pounds worth of funding for Hawthorn partners to use ahead of reopening, in order to ensure pubs were ready to once again welcome back much missed locals.
Andrew Parker, director of leased and tenanted operations at Hawthorn said: “We’re proud to be a community pub company, and it’s more important than ever to serve our communities at times like this.
"It’s the sign of a truly great community pub that the Forest Tavern has taken the initiative to transform its garden area ahead of reopening, so well done to Jemma and Riki for the fantastic job they’re doing, from all of us at Hawthorn.”
Once a small patch of unused grass, the Forest Tavern now boasts an array of picnic benches, which are socially distanced in line with Covid regulations, and are perfect for alfresco drinking and dining.
In addition, three stylish seating areas have also been erected under shelter, ensuring the outdoor space can be used in all weather.
New artwork has also been added along the fence of the pub, creating a welcoming and seasonal atmosphere within the garden.